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MILWAUKEE -- Roundy's Supermarkets based here plans to open 15 to 25 as-yet-unnamed grocery stores in Chicago over the next several years, according to press reports.
In discussing prospective growth plans during a keynote speech late last week to the International Council of Shopping Centers' IdeaExchange program, Robert Mariano, Roundy's chairman and c.e.o., was quoted in the Chicago Sun-Times as saying the company is "focused on the city -- all markets and all neighborhoods."
Calling Chicago "a vibrant, growing city," Mariano, who formerly ran Dominick's grocery stores in Chicago from 1995 to 1998, said he has been approached to open a grocery store in the former Carson Pirie Scott & Co. building at 1 S. State, but remains uncertain if traffic would support a supermarket.
Mariano was also quoted as saying that Roundy's would consider acquiring existing grocery stores in Chicago, including Dominick's. "We will look at any acquisition that's available," he said.
Roundy's previously announced two store openings in Chicago, one of which will open late this year or in early 2009 at Monroe and Halsted streets, and another, at 1515 N. Halsted, which will serve as the anchor for the planned New City complex of retail shops, restaurants, and residential buildings at Halsted and Clybourn.